Plateau based Potato company, yesterday trained potato farmers from the 17 local government area of the state on how to prevent the current potato blight diseases ravaging potato farms in the state.
Potoato plight is a disease caused by a fungus like organism that spreads rapidly in the foliage and tubers of potatoes.
In 2014, the disease destroyed over 1000 hectares of potato farms in Plateau “.
Speaking at the occasion yesterday, the Management Director of Vicamprofarms , Agbogbo Michael , said the potatoes industry in Plateau can be one of the biggest in the country, but lamented that the disease has been a setback to achieving that goal.
“The training has become imperative in order to fight the scourge, which devastating effect has taken a toll on farmers “.
Vicampro would continue to partner with farmers in the state to boost food production in the country. “
“ We believe that partnership can help our organisation and industry to achieve more”
“Vicampro is leading the way in developing the irish potato value chain and we believe that agriculture is a great business that can also be professional as any other white collar Job”.
The Chief Operating Officer of Vicampro , Ludo Wentholt, while delivering his lecture , advised potato farmers against inter cropping, stressing that planting potatoes and corn makes spraying fungicides from preventing the blight difficult. “
He said Planting potatoes in water logged area makes the plants weaker and more susceptible for blight.
State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mrs Linda Barau, who also spoke at the occasion said potato blight has been a problem to farmers in the state in the past four years ,
Barau said “ the state government is committed to finding last solution to the disease as the state has appealed to the federal government to assist the state.

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